The Brand Union

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The Brand Union Reviews

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
18 Reviews
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18 Reviews
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  1.  

    excellent internship

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at The Brand Union as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    able to work on a wide range of projects with a number of different people. internships are paid, which is awesome and interns are made to feel part of the team by going to all agency meetings and participating in all aspects of the agency experience. solid work/life balance.

    Cons

    while able to participate fully in all processes, i'm not sure how much creative input was taken.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Failure to grow and compete with other major players

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    Former Employee - Senior Account Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Account Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at The Brand Union full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of individual talented people. Account managers are encouraged to take full control of their clients and projects - no micromanaging which is great! However, senior mgmt is available and willing to help when needed. Collaborative environment if you take initiative to seek advice.
    NY CEO is really great - smart, approachable and inspiring.
    Work-life balance is reasonable with a generous vacation schedule.

    Cons

    Anxious for growth but they had not managed to win any net-new business the whole time I worked there.
    Silos and egos in the creative department made it hard to resource creative projects effectively.
    Hard to get promotions since there is no growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize that in order to grow, you might need to let go of some people who are complacent. Try taking more risks! Hire more dynamic, forward thinking people who will push the boundaries.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Client Director

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Brand Union full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    A global company, part of the WPP network.

    Cons

    Too many to list. The culture stinks and there was no advancement or training.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Overall a good place to work.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at The Brand Union full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great people with a great vision.

    Cons

    Doesn't allow for much upward movement. Having trouble with identity when I was employed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great company, smart people, good clients

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    Former Employee - Account Director in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Account Director in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at The Brand Union full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent strategy and design team. The creative director in NYC is now in a global role so teams from around the world can be leveraged based on the client brief needs.

    Cons

    Has been some challenges establishing what the company brand proposition is because what the US believe the prop and offering should be often differs to what the UK team believe it should be.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    A nice place to work with nice people

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    Current Employee - Freelance Graphic Designer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Freelance Graphic Designer in New York, NY

    I have been working at The Brand Union as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    - A very relaxed and humble corporate work environment.
    - The design director / creative directors trust their designers to make quality work.
    - Staff is friendly and unpretentious.

    Cons

    - Freelance designers were not allowed to submit more than 40 hours of work without prior notice.
    - Design direction could be curtailed by other members of staff--not related to a creative department, which was disappointing and unwarranted.
    - Lacks a project manager.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Re-building an agency

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at The Brand Union

    Pros

    There is an opportunity to work with an agency that is re-inventing itself. There are a wide range of skill sets within the agency and the future is up to the agency to create.

    Cons

    The vision of the agency is not clear. The New York office is somewhat of an anomaly vs the rest of the international network.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat people within the agency more as a 'family' - its a small team and too much happens 'behind closed doors'.

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    New York office is a disaster since merger with Brouillard and BIG

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at The Brand Union

    Pros

    International opportunity and explosure, particularly for junior and mid-level employees. As part of WPP this is well facillitated. WPP has offered good training programs for employees at all levels. Some very able managers at TBU at the department-level.

    Cons

    Senior leadership both in HQ and in New York is incompetent. The New York office merger with Brouillard and BIG has destroyed the brand in the U.S. The New York office of The Brand Union has been transformed from a challenger branding-company, with real potential to a third-rate advertising agency.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To get back credibility in the US focus on branding with the right staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Lost its way

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    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in New York, NY

    I have been working at The Brand Union

    Pros

    The lack of structure enables an entrepreneurial mindset to thrive. Individual talented people. Within some teams such as strategy a good team spirit

    Cons

    Leadership does not appear focused on the business outside of key large accounts. People are not given recognition or reward outside of account managers on these big accounts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn about what your people do and reward accountability. Decide whether you want to be a branding firm with advertising capabilities or an advertising firm

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Good place to start out, bad place to grow

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    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY

    I have been working at The Brand Union

    Pros

    International network, good portfolio, some interesting approaches to the assessment and interpretation of data to support brand recommendations. Some talented people when the network as a whole is taken into account.

    Cons

    Coordination with international offices patchy, no coherent sense of what the agency wanted to become. Each quarter seemed to come with a new point-of-view on what the agency had to offer clients.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some focus. Sometimes it is better to be 80 percent right rather than perfect. Establish, enforce and be consistent with a chain of command.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

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